Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fun times, and Praising God

So this cute little man who came home almost a year ago- has got some pretty amazing personality! We were eating and as he was eating his dessert (English chocolates brought back from our trip)- we all busted out laughing because the chocolate covered one tooth- looked hilarious!!! And this is the ham in him coming out when I got the camera.....
Don't know what this is.....busting a move I think..... :)
Yep, this is our cheeky cute little man. You know people ask about bringing home a toddler - how was the transition.......well for us with this little guy- EASY!!!! His personality has really been showing more and more lately and his vocabulary- AMAZING!!!!!
OK so these next pics are HORRIBLE!!! That is what happens when you are not a professional- you have a bright stage and a dark worship seating area......sorry. You many not be able to tell from this, but our girl Elizabeth was busting a move! Big time!!! She of course was joined by some other very cute 3-5 year old hams that always make the Christmas program really fun and special!
Abigail- singing her heart out! She loves to sing!!!
Matthew was a dove.....awww....
Oh yeah, this little beautiful girl was having too much fun as well- too adorable!

Here are Andrew & Joshua who also enjoying themselves.

Now we all know the main event of any church's Christmas Program is how adorable the kids are! Right? Well, I think it all has to do with the fact that in a lot of churches....we take ourselves sooo seriously. I mean we have serious things to think about right? Like bills, relationships, our guilt, possible job you hate, or things that have gone wrong this past week, or sickness......and the list could go on for hours. So we as adults are serious- so serious we tend to not "let loose". We don't want to show ourselves to others...because then they would know something was wrong. We would be ashamed if anyone knew what was really on our minds.....

That I think is why God refers to being like a child....Matthew 18: 2-4 "He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'"

It is to remind us to "let loose" our feelings, what we get caught up in, and be honest- brutally honest- like a child. When children are upset, made, angry, happy, excited, thrilled, etc.- you see it written on their faces, in their body language, how they speak - or don't speak, etc. They do not hide it. Praise God for that honesty!!!!

So next time you worship with your family, alone, at church (we should be constantly worshiping in all ways at all times).....remember those cute children that steal the show at a Christmas Program because they want to dance, and sing, and 'let loose' for Christ! Remember that God tells us to be like that- honest, real, meaningful, and not hiding anything from our Lover, Our Comforter, and our Savior!

So.......for those of you wondering.....we have not heard anything from USCIS- Immigration yet. Our social worker sent the updates to them will probably be waiting a bit yet. Please continue to pray over this situation- for softening of heart, and for us to get our Favorable Determination Letter so we can bring our daughter Naomi home soon!

A miracle happened- our cat after being out of the house (she is an indoor cat) for over 2 weeks- showed up on our porch. Mind you we searched literally for hours and hours and hours and hours....all around the camp, around the house, in the woods that surround our home....everywhere....calling his name. And last night he just appeared. Praise God for small miracles :)


  1. LOVE it! I think N and Elizabeth would have a blast together. ;o) Thank you for the thoughts about the kids. I am so with you there. God's been reminding me of that myself...even as I long for another one, I feel Him telling to be more like a child with Him. ;o)
    Sorry about USCIS ;o( But so very glad to hear your cat is back. It's the little things that make a difference huh?

  2. what wonderful news about your cat! still praying about the fdl.

    love those little worshipers.

  3. Looks like a fun Christmas program. I'm praying USCIS will move quickly and God will move mountains. I know everyday seems like forever when you are waiting for something like that.

  4. I love all the pictures and to know that your cat is back. I am sure your family is thrilled.

    Thank you for all your sweet comments on my blog. I love the adoption family...everyone is so kind and supportive of one another.

  5. YAY for the cat coming home!!!!

    Your right about letting loose! We all need to do it more often!

  6. Love the pictures!! Still praying for Naomi to be in your arms!

  7. So glad your kitty came home- I bet the kids were so happy!

    Your children are adorable up on stage! I praise the Lord in my shower- oh ya- it must be a silly sight but I sing, dance and fall to my knees!

    praying for favor with Usc*s and Ethiopia- and for things to go smoothly for you from now on! Naomi needs to get home asap!

  8. Though I am a dog person I can so appreciate the return of a prodigal pet- what a great surprise. I know what you mean about kids in pageants. What is it???? I was choked up for the entirety of my daughters pageant.... brutal, they are just too sweet.